Construction of new airport terminal to begin in St Vincent

first_img Tweet LifestyleTravel Construction of new airport terminal to begin in St Vincent by: – August 9, 2011 Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves (R) and Taiwan Ambassador to SVG, Weber Shih. (File photo)By Kenton X. ChanceKINGSTOWN, St Vincent — Actual construction of the new Argyle International Airport terminal building in St Vincent will begin within one week, Dr Rudy Matthias, chairman and CEO of the Argyle International Airport Development Company announced on Sunday.Matthias, speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the terminal building, said he expects Taiwanese firm Overseas Engineering and Construction Company Ltd will complete the facilities within 28 months, as contracted.He said that, while preparing for the design of the terminal building, IADC officials visited airports in Cuba, The Bahamas, Trinidad, Mexico, Portugal, and Atlanta.Taiwanese firm, CECI Engineering Consultants Inc. was awarded the US$3.9 million contract for the design and supervision of landside facilities.Matthias outlined the facilities to be constructed over the next two years.The contract for the terminal building, which is being financed by Taiwan, is worth US$26.5 million.The 100,071 square-foot terminal building compares to the 30,000 square feet at the E.T. Joshua Airport and is designed to comfortably accommodate 800 passengers at any one time, Matthias said.Matthias said all earthworks at the airport would be completed by early 2013. The airstrip will be 9,000 feet long and would accommodate any aircraft, except the Airbus A380 — the largest passenger airliner in the world.The 22-acre apron at Argyle will be 11 times larger than at the E.T. Joshua Airport.Matthias said 8.8 acres would be for commercial planes while 11.5 acres will be for general aviation.General aviation includes aircraft flying to the Grenadines and private aircraft, which Matthias said the IADC expects would increase significantly when the airport is completed.The apron will also have space to accommodate two 727 aircrafts, the type Amerijet landed at the E.T. Joshua Airport.The Argyle International Airport, the largest capital project in the history of St Vincent and the Grenadines, was conceptualised in 2005 and construction commenced in 2008.It was initially estimated to cost EC$480 million. The cost has since been revised to EC$652 million.Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves’ “coalition of the willing” has joined in financing the airport. The coalition includes Cuba, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Iran, Libya, Mexico, Austria, and the Caribbean Community Development Fund.Gonsalves said on Sunday that it is high time that “oppositionists” support the Argyle International Airport project.In his first public address since going on vacation four weeks ago, Gonsalves cited the biblical account of Solomon’s construction of the temple, noting that David had left detailed plans and immense resources for its construction.He said that, unlike Solomon, his administration, which came to office in 2001, was not left any plan or monies for building the airport.Gonsalves, speaking on the eve of his 65th birthday, noted opposition to the project, which was being constructed in the face of the limited resources of St Vincent and the Grenadines and the global economic situation.He said that 154 Vincentians and 47 Cuban are currently employed at the project.About 80 more Vincentians will be employed when actual construction of the terminal building begins next week, with 800 persons expected to be employed when construction peaks.Gonsalves said studies indicate that a cross-wind runway would be necessary only to accommodate aircraft flying to and from the Grenadines.He said a crosswind runway would cost less than 1 percent of the cost of the airport.Gonsalves said the value of the works completed is EC$180 million but noted that the IADC has spent only EC$28 million.Vincentians can expect the new airport to be complete by the end of 2013 Gonsalves said on Sunday.Current chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Dr Denzil Douglas, and Taiwan ambassador to Kingstown, Weber Shih, congratulated the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) for undertaking the construction of the Argyle International Airport.Douglas — who is also prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis — and Weber spoke at the ground-breaking ceremony on Sunday.Douglas noted that the terminal building was being commenced during a week when the global economic crisis especially impacted the United States, which saw its credit ratings downgraded from a perfect AAA to AA+ for the first time.Douglas added that the effects would be felt within CARICOM, including its sub-regional grouping, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), where St Kitts and Nevis and SVG are part of an economic and political union.In the meantime, the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) on Monday said that there continues to be “no clarity” on how the EC$652 million international airport being constructed at Argyle is to be financed.“Gonsalves, continues to ignore economic reality,” the NDP said in a press statement Monday morning.The NDP said the prime minister’s speech on Sunday was “an empty address to a few party supporters in Argyle”.The NDP said Gonsalves “has resorted to cheap political rhetoric in an effort to secure his political support base which has been wavering under the pressure of the ULP’s [Unity Labour Party’s] poor economic management of our country”.It said the “confusion within the ULP” can be seen in the different dates Gonsalves gave on Sunday and CEO of the Tourism Authority Glen Beache gave international tourism stakeholders last year.“2013 now joins 2012 and 2014 as possible dates for completion of the project,” the NDP said in its statement.The NDP, which was in office for the 17 years ending March 2001, said it is clear on how it will proceed with the airport, citing its position outlined during the 2010 election campaign.“… we have the support of a major international construction group capable of undertaking large-scale infrastructure projects. They will partner with an NDP administration to finally get the Argyle airport into a state of readiness,” the NDP reiterated.“The construction company will work closely with the independent consultants already announced to assess and rectify the seeming planning mistakes made by this ULP administration. Once a clear plan of action is in place, the airport will be completed in a timely fashion so as to minimize any further financial wastage,” the NDP.The party said its position “is not based in fantasy or empty rhetoric.”“The New Democratic Party cares about airport development, we have the support to do it and we will pursue it sensibly, with regard for our country and our people’s economic reality.The NDP also said Gonsalves must change his position on regional airline LIAT, adding that he should listen to his own Ministry of Tourism.“The Ministry is saying that the high cost of flying via LIAT has negatively impacted regional visitor arrivals to St Vincent and the Grenadines. Invite competition to come in so that you increase visitor arrivals to our shores. Give the population a chance to benefit from the absence of a monopoly,” the party stated.“Invite competition and do it now. That is priority. Fix the roads in the country and the infrastructure so that the current airport at Arnos Vale will not be flooded by 30-minute rain showers. That is priority,” the NDP further said.Caribbean News Now Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share 77 Views   one comment Sharelast_img read more

Best Fantasy Week 5 Waiver Pickups: Ronald Jones breaks out, Golden Tate to return from suspension

first_imgWEEK 5:Top waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsUnless you own Mack and it looks like he might miss next Sunday night’s game against Kansas City, this is a good week to sit out waivers and hope you move up. Chances are, you won’t move up much, if at all, but you never know. There are still two prime-time games to go, and while we never like to root for injuries, it almost feels like we’re due for something big to happen. If it does, it will change the outlook of the waiver wire dramatically.WEEK 5 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerLISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 5 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWTop fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 5Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered. (Update: Mack was medically cleared to return to the game but was held out because of game flow.)MORE WEEK 5 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup builderRonald Jones II, RB, Buccaneers. Fantasy owners just don’t trust Jones — and we can’t blame them. After a dismal, blink-and-you-missed-it rookie season, Jones teased us with a good game in Week 1 before barely playing in Week 2 when he was actually in some fantasy lineups. Relegated back to the fantasy waiver wire, Jones had 121 total yards in Week 3 and operated as the lead Bucs back in the second half in Week 4, turning 20 touches into 83 total yards and a score. Peyton Barber isn’t going to simply disappear, but Jones is more talented and should see his role expand going forward. WEEK 5: Full waiver wire listGolden Tate, WR, Giants. Tate returns from his season-opening four-game suspension for Week 5 to make his Giants debut. He should be picked up in the 51-percent of Yahoo leagues where he’s available, and he should garner even higher priority in PPR leagues. Tate has averaged at least 4.9 receptions per game in each of the past five seasons, and Daniel Jones looks like a competent QB that should rely on Tate as a safety blanket on underneath routes. Patriots TE Benjamin Watson will also return from suspension next, and Jets TE Chris Herndon will return in Week 6.WEEK 5 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end A.J. Brown, WR, Titans. Catching two first-quarter touchdowns will put you near the top of everyone’s waiver wire report, especially when you’re a rookie wide receiver. Tennessee’s passing offense will never inspire great fantasy confidence, but Brown has now shown his big-play ability in two separate games this season. His three targets might show his true upside, though, as a player who connects on a home-run deep ball every once in a while but more frequently goes quietly with limited production like his 3-25 and 1-4 from Weeks 2 and 3, respectively. He’ll have a tough time in Week 5 against the Bills, but he’ll be a boom-or-bust WR3/FLEX most weeks.WEEK 5 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPPFor more waiver wire/free agent pickups, including WR fliers and D/ST streamers, check out our full Week 5 list. Some weeks there are big injuries and obvious candidates to be top fantasy waiver wire pickups, like last week with Saquon Barkley and Wayne Gallman. And other weeks, well, other weeks are like Week 5 (at least through the early Sunday games). There were some breakout performances (A.J. Brown, Corey Davis, Darrel Williams, Ronald Jones II) and at least one injury (Marlon Mack) that could affect waiver/free agent adds (Jordan Wilkins), but for the most part, what happened this past week isn’t going to have a huge effect on many fantasy football teams going forward. (Update: It’s been reported that Mack’s fourth-quarter absence last week was game-flow related and not injury related like originally thought.)But who wants to sit out a free agency period? Our full free agent list highlights some of the marginal players who are worth paying attention to, including a few guys coming back from suspension and some under-the-radar players who could have fill-in value during the bye weeks. As always, we have potential QB, TE, and D/ST streamers at the end of this list. If you’re the only person in the world who owned Jason Sanders and needs a bye-week fill-in, check out our Week 5 kicker rankings.last_img read more

Family faces hate related charges after finding teen daughter’s boyfriend in closet

first_imgThree people are currently facing hate related charges among others after they allegedly held a teen against his will, yelled racial slurs at him, and beat him after they found him hiding in their 15-year-old daughter’s bedroom closet.The incident was reported, Thursday afternoon in California.Officials say the family identified as girl’s mother, 46-year-old Haydee Arguello, 46-year-old her stepfather, Wilfredo Amaya, and her biological father, 49- year-old Luisandor Suarez, came home around 2:30 am that morning to find their daughter’s 17-year-old boyfriend hiding in their daughter’s closet.The teen says the family “became irate and started assaulting” him. The family was said to have used rope to tie up the teen for several hours while they hit him and reportedly yelled racial slurs at him.The family’s older daughter’s told reporter, however, that it was the teen that attacked their family and that the family was forced to use a rope to restrain him but never harmed the victim.“They were so scared because they found someone in the closet,” Belkys Gomez told ABC San Francisco affiliate KGO. “They jumped because everyone was sleeping and this guy started kicking my stepfather and trying to kill him.”“He punched her and then my stepdad, of course, is not going to let anyone hit his wife. They tried to stop him and he was acting very violent so they grabbed a rope to try to tie him down and ask him why he was at the house,” Katherine Gomez said.While the family members of the suspects maintain that they did not abuse the victim and that was the victim, neighbors told investigators that they could hear the victim repeatedly scream out in pain.The suspects have each been charged with multiple felonies relating to committing a hate crime, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats and are currently being held without bail.The 15-year-old daughter has since been placed into the care of Child Protective Services.last_img read more

Tax Expert: You Will Get Stimulus Check Even if you Owe Taxes

first_img(Washington, DC) — The Treasury secretary says financial relief for the coronavirus fallout is arriving this month. During a White House briefing, Steven Mnuchin announced the economic impact payments would be hitting direct deposit accounts within two weeks. He also reminded Social Security recipients they don’t need to file tax returns to get their share. The payments were part of the economic stimulus package signed by President Trump last month. The money should help Americans pay rent and put food on the table.A paper envelope written with the words “Rent Money $ ” is left tucked in a lighting pole in the Boyle Heights east district of the city of Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. It’s the first of the month, and rent is due for millions of Americans for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak turned the economy upside down. Most states and local governments have stopped evictions to give time for unemployment benefits and federal stimulus checks to arrive. But there is still plenty of worry that even if April’s payment is delayed, the rent will still come due before many industries are up and running again. Nearly 3.3 million people in the U.S. filed unemployment claims for the week of March 16, as the shutdown from the virus started. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Tax expert, Lawrence Levy of Levy and Associates, explained to Jen and Bill on the South Florida Morning Show that even if you owe taxes, you will still get a stimulus check. But, if you owe child support back payments, you will not.Listen to the full interview with Lawrence Levy hear. He explains all you tax needs. read more